Easy Killer Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

February 3, 2024
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Killer BBQ sauce to go with your killer cooking!

I’m not about to wade into the BBQ sauce wars because I don’t have a place there. People take their barbecue VERY seriously and while I appreciate a good barbeque sauce, I’m certainly not the expert. What I do know is that homemade BBQ sauce will stop you from buying the grocery store stuff ever again! When we go out for BBQ, this is the type of sauce that I hope the restaurant, or roadside stand, has. It’s a Kansas City style. If that’s not your thing because you’re more Carolina or Memphis, quit bitching and try it. Kansas City style rules. This is a great and simple homemade barbecue sauce. 

Pulled pork in a glass bowl smothered in BBQ sauce.

Use this for all your BBQ need!

Mix all ingredients except for the garlic, tomato paste, and chipotle peppers, and spice blend in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Some people add liquid smoke here but I wouldn’t suggest this. It doesn’t add enough to this recipe to sacrifice the flavor of this sauce, but if a fake smoky flavor is what you are after then have at it!

Heat a few tablespoons of a neutral-tasting oil, like vegetable, in a medium saucepan or a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, chipotle peppers, tomato paste, and spice blend. Mix in the oil and cook until the tomato paste has turned a deep red, about three minutes. This can all also be done in a large pot. Just make sure it’s deep enough to handle the liquids. 

Add in the rest of the ingredients from the mixing bowl and turn the heat to medium-low. Bring all ingredients to a low boil, and then reduce to low heat and simmer for about 25 – 30 more minutes. 

Let cool, and then drink. Or, ya know, put on some already-cooked meat and argue with your friends about which style of barbecue sauce is better. Store the leftovers in an airtight container or a mason/canning jar. Slather this on all of your BBQ recipes or some pulled pork sandwiches, spare ribs, or pork shoulder.

Pouring BBQ sauce over pulled pork in a bowl.

Some of the things we used to make this!

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Pouring BBQ sauce over pulled pork in a bowl.

Easy Killer Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce Recipe


  • Author: Matt and Melissa
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Description

This homemade Kansas City style BBQ sauce recipe will be a hit with everyone who tries it. We love it on our pulled pork!


Ingredients

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  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (check out our recipe!)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder (use our recipes)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix all of your ingredients together except for the tomato paste, chipotle peppers and spice blend in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat add in a few tablespoons of neutral oil like vegetable oil.
  3. Add in your garlic, tomato paste, chipotle peppers, and spice blend into the dutch oven. Cook this until the tomato paste is a deep red. About 3 minutes.
  4. Add in the rest of your ingredients, and stir to combine.
  5. Bring all of the ingredients to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer and reduce for 25-30 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes

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We’re Matt and Melissa, and this is our food blog, though it may not be the food blog you are expecting. We are here to take you on a culinary adventure through our kitchen, our passions, our stories, and our liquor cabinet. Residing in Monmouth County, NJ (the best county in NJ) we love to cook and create in our kitchen. But we know we’re not the real experts and the only thing more fun than tasting our own creations are tasting others’. When we’re not cooking for you, we’re around town sampling all that New Jersey’s culinary scene has to offer. Let take A Couple Bites!

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